UK MPs vote by majority to delay Brexit

UK MPs vote by majority to delay Brexit

UK MPs vote by majority to delay Brexit

The EU, meanwhile, is reluctant to postpone Brexit beyond the late May elections for the European Parliament, because that would mean Britain taking part even as it prepares to leave.

Labour also refused to vote for or against a second referendum, despite supporting one publicly.

A Labour frontbench amendment, chosen by the Bercow, instructs May to seek an unspecified extension to article 50 to avoid exiting the European Union on 29 March without a deal and "to provide parliamentary time for this house to find a majority for a different approach.".

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected next week to try and persuade parliament to back her Brexit deal at the third time of asking, before heading to Brussels to request a short delay to the exit process.

Most Conservative MPs voted against the delay - including seven cabinet members - meaning Mrs May had to rely on Labour and other opposition votes to get it through.

Shadow housing minister Yvonne Fovargue, shadow education minister Emma Lewell-Buck, shadow business minister Justin Madders, Ruth Smeeth, a shadow ministerial aide, and Labour whip Stephanie Peacock, all resigned to oppose one.

Britain's House of Commons on Thursday voted to seek a delay to the planned exit from the European Union from March 29 as scheduled to June 30.

The Government won the vote on giving Parliament the opportunity to choose another Brexit approach by just two votes, with 16 Tories rebelling against their party.

She has warned that extending the departure date beyond three months could harm trust in democracy - and mean that the United Kingdom would have to take part in May's European Parliament elections. Trump, who sees himself as a deal-maker, said he gave May advice but she didn't listen to him.

The prospect of a long extension period would be the stuff of nightmares for hardline eurosceptics, anxious that Brexit may never happen and could strengthen PM May's hand as she pushes to get her deal over the line.

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A European commission spokesman said the vote was not enough and London had to choose between a deal or a no deal exit.

The wording of the amendment calling for the new referendum - which has been selected for debate by Speaker John Bercow - proposes a choice between a deal as agreed by the parliament, and staying in the EU.

He said Labour has set out "credible options" which includes a different Brexit plan and a "public vote to prevent damaging Brexit proposals being forced on the country".

MPs voted on Wednesday to rule out a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances by 321 votes to 278.

Mrs May allowed a free vote on the motion, with 188 of her own MPs, including the Secretary of State for Brexit, deciding against it, along with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MPs from Northern Ireland on whom her minority government relies for a parliamentary majority.

Labour revealed that leader Jeremy Corbyn and senior aides have met with backbenchers Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson, who are promoting a plan to accept Mrs May's deal on the condition that it is subject to a second referendum.

In the event of a such delay, Seif told Reuters: "I am of the view that we should change the EU's guidelines".

"I also reiterate our support for a People's Vote - not as a political point-scoring exercise but as a realistic option to break the deadlock".

Today's voting - the third this week - comes after MPs sent a message they do not want to leave the European Union without an agreement, rejecting a no-deal exit by 321 to 278 votes.

"Let us, as a House of Commons, work now to find a solution to deal with the crisis facing the country and the deep concerns that many people have for their livelihood, for their lives, their future, their jobs, their communities and their factories", he said.

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